What Makes a Good Astrophotograph?


The glamorous part of astrophotography is the bit we see and touch. An enormous amount of energy and attention is paid (and not a little money) on cameras, telescopes, mounts and their location. It is always enjoyable to compare equipment, problem-solve system issues and capture images. Just like a photographic negative, these fuzzy frames are…


August – September Photo Contest
Theme: Outdoor Action & Adventure


To enter Focal Press’s August – September Photo Contest, please click here. This contest is FREE to enter. Theme:  Outdoor Action & Adventure Inspired by the book: Outdoor Action & Adventure Photography Guest Judge – Dan Bailey Prizes: Grand Jury Winner: –          A copy of the book Outdoor Action & Adventure Photography –          $200 worth…


The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography


“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” — Douglas Adams Amateur astrophotography can be an…


Using flash—Addressing Problems and Basic Workflow


Even though your flash is technically smarter than you, it has no idea how you want to light the scene. You need to give it some direction. Before blasting away, you need to ask yourself a few basic questions about how you want your photo to look. Here are the five main concerns that you…


Nature Photography – Tricks for controlling the background of your images


SELECTING A SUITABLE BACKGROUND Images are most pleasing when the background is uncluttered and doesn’t compete with the subject for the viewer’s attention. Distracting backgrounds are enormous problems in the images of beginning photographers and occasionally even those of more experienced shooters. Normally, it is best to seek a background that is a homogeneous color…


Adventure Photography – Telling a Story


When I critique student images in my photo workshops, I often see pictures that have great potential, but that don’t quite knock it out of the park. There are usually two main reasons why a photo falls short. The tendency for many novice photographers is to either focus too much on a singular piece of…

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